I’ve been apprehensive, frankly, about the upcoming Commonwealth Games. Every other day, you hear that the stadiums are behind schedule in terms of readiness, that the cost has escalated manifold, that the selection of athletes is a mess, and so on and on.
While searching for some other information, I happened just now to stumble on some questions raised in Parliament on these issues. Now I feel reassured.
To improve the performance of the Indian contingent in the Commonwealth Games, 2010, a Scheme with allocation of Rs.678.00 crores (2008-09 to 2010-11) is being implemented for providing training to the elite sportspersons in all the disciplines of the Commonwealth Games, 2010. Systematic training in India and abroad under highly qualified Indian and Foreign coaches is being given to sportspersons for Commonwealth Games. Besides, infrastructure required for training at various SAI Centres has been created and scientific, sports and medical equipments are being provided. The training to probables of Commonwealth Games, 2010 for all the disciplines is being provided at Patiala, Bangalore, Sonepat, Gandhinagar, Lucknow, Hyderabad, Pune, Chennai, Kolkatta etc. Training proposals abroad were also approved for various disciplines like Athletics, Badminton, Boxing, Cycling, Gymnastics, Hockey, Lawn Bowls, Netball, Rugby. Shooting etc at South Africa; United Kingdom; Malaysia; Indonesia; Bangkok; Belarus, Canada, Spain, Russia ; Australia; Italy, Germany etc.
(c) The Selection Committees of concerned National Sports Federations had selected the sportspersons for training on the basis of performance during the selection trials.
(d) Against allocation of total funds amounting to Rs.300.00 crores during the years 2008-09 and 2009-10, expenditure of about Rs. 291.00 crores has been incurred so far. The discipline-wise details of expenditure are given in the Annexure.